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Monthly Archives: November 2011

ON TREND: EU POLICY MAKING IN BRUSSELS

Reprinted from La A La Mode, DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design E-zine by Emma Greenow (Brussels) http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=5228836 http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=80653660 With what can seem to be an overwhelming increase in the quantity and complexity of EU regulation facing the fashion industry, understanding and taking action in this area can seem as if you are navigating a tangled… Continue Reading

UK signs agreement on intellectual property and growth with Mexico

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell The UK Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) has signed a landmark agreement with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (“IMPI”) to improve cooperation between the two nations on issues of copyright, patents, trade marks and designs.   The agreement aims to support… Continue Reading

Ofcom clears Al Jazeera over “Palestine Papers”

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell Ofcom has cleared Al Jazeera English channel (“Al Jazeera”) for its broadcast of “The Palestine Papers” after a complaint of unfair treatment by the Chief Negotiator of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (“PLO”). “The Palestine Papers”, a four-part documentary series broadcast on… Continue Reading

Libel reform committee proposes sweeping changes to the UK’s libel laws

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell A Joint Committee of MPs and peers from the House of Commons and House of Lords (“the Committee”) has issued a report on the Draft Defamation Bill (“the Bill”), approving many of the Government’s proposals but also recommending further changes that… Continue Reading

BT and TalkTalk granted leave to appeal Digital Economy Act decision

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) BT and TalkTalk have been granted permission to appeal against the High Court’s April 2011 ruling in their judicial review proceedings in relation to the Digital Economy Act. The Digital Economy Act (“the Act”) was passed by… Continue Reading

“Goo Goo” and “Gaga”

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell Ate My Heart Inc v (1) Mind Candy Ltd (2) Moshi Music Ltd (2011) – interim junction granted against online children’s game company and its subsidiary The High Court has granted an interim injunction preventing the promotion of an animated character… Continue Reading

FTC Settlement Provides Guidance on Substantiation for Product Health and Fitness Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered a settlement order with Reebok International Ltd. to resolve charges that the company deceptively advertised that its “toning shoes” would provide extra tone and strength to leg and buttock muscles. The settlement arises out of an action the FTC brought in the United States District Court for the Northern… Continue Reading

FTC Settlement Requires Detailed Disclosures Regarding Use of Flash Cookies

Cookies have long been a key means for online companies to track a consumer’s web browsing activities. Most browsers allow the consumer to block conventional cookies from accessing their computer. To get around this obstacle, marketers have increasingly employed “flash cookies” , which use a different approach for storing a consumers online behavior and are… Continue Reading

EU: Commission Report on the Digital Agenda: social networks can do much more to protect minors’ privacy

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell Following a report focussed on the implementation of the “Safer Social Networking Principles of the EU” the European Commission has found that social networking sites are not doing enough to protect minors’ privacy.

Google Plus Profiles Now Open to Brands

It goes without saying that companies are increasingly using social media to reach new customers and to strengthen relationships with loyal customers.  As you may already know, Google opened its social media platform, Google+, to businesses and brand owners today.  A Google+ profile is similar to a Facebook Fan page, and we want to encourage… Continue Reading

Occupy Wall Street Trademark

Occupy Wall Street has filed a U.S. federal application for the trademark OCCUPY WALL STREET (U.S. App. No. 85454550) for use in connection with clothing and bags, periodicals and newsletters, and “a web site featuring photographic, audio, video and prose presentations featuring educational and entertaining materials relating to Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement”…. Continue Reading

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